from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editors Note: You just can’t make this stuff up. Wesley Clark is a smart guy and is supposed to know that putting your foot in your mouth is not a dignified way of getting attention, but he did it anyway. I could make a senior joke here but I won’t.
He knew what he was doing and the effect it would have. So now we are left wondering who is he working for here, spending down his reputation capital on what is really a rare terrorist event for US, and inconsequential compared to the pile of terror victims the US government has piled up just in Syria alone, on the watch of our Nobel Peace Prize guy.
I wonder if he would want these camps for all of those involved in 9-11, and those in the coverup, including all the military people, and then all the disloyal Congressional blow up dolls working for Israel and AIPAC, the elephant in the living room that Clark and virtually the entire brass don’t seem to see when the classified Intel files on Israeli attacks on America are voluminous.
I am all for equal opportunity application when it comes to herding up the disloyals. We could have segregated camps, for ex-president, maybe a private one for the Bush family, then Congress, the media, the military, etc. We could lock them all away for less than the cost of one aircraft carrier, or put them on an old one and sink it.
All that said, this is certainly out of character for Clark. Maybe he was having a bad day, or, someone put the squeeze on him somehow. Maybe I missed something because I don’t watch TV much anymore. Did the “ugly American” come back in style while I was on my honeymoon? The Nisei Japanese were not supporting Japan and they got their internment tickets punched anyway… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … July 20, 2015 –
The United States should revive World War II-style internment camps for “disloyal Americans,” retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark said on Friday.
In an interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Clark said that during WWII, “if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.”
Clark, speaking in the wake of the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, called for a revival of internment camps to help combat Islamist extremism.
“If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict,” he said.
During WWII, the United States forced the imprisonment of as many as 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent, more than half of whom were US citizens.
Moreover, Clark’s proposal appears to call for the targeting of people who are not yet “radicalized,” but who the government thinks may become radicalized in the future.
“We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning,” Clark said. “I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists.”
He added that “not only the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.”
Murtaza Hussain, of the Intercept, pointed out: “The comments were shockingly out of character for Clark, who after serving as supreme allied commander of NATO made a name for himself in progressive political circles.”
In 2004, Clark’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was highly critical of the Bush administration’s excessive response to the 9/11 terror attacks, Hussain noted. Two years later, Clark said that policies such as torture violate “the very values that [we] espouse.”